Field tests on a personal mobility aid for the elderly
Author(s)Godding, Sara J. (Sara Jean), 1977-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
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The number of elderly Americans is currently rising and will continue to do so. These elderly individuals face several problems in the later years of their lives including the move into an eldercare facility. Personal mobility and monitoring aids are being developed to assist the elderly with this transition. One of these devices is the Personal Aid for Mobility and Monitoring (PAMM). PAMM is in the beginning stages of its development in the MIT Mechanical Engineering Field and Space Robotics Laboratory with an initial prototype recently constructed. This prototype was tested with many residents at an eldercare facility. Several conclusions about the control, ergonomics and overall user acceptance of the device were made. The PAMM prototype was changed accordingly and recommendations for future work are provided.
Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 1999.Includes bibliographical references (p. 87-88).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology